The Peacegiver (Hardcover )

How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes

by James L. Ferrell

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How is Christ the answer to a strained relationship with child, parent or sibling? What if I am being mistreated — what does the atonement say about that? How can I discover the desire to repent when I don't feel the need to repent? These are the challenging questions of daily life, the questions to which the gospel must provide an answer if it is to have living, cleansing, redeeming power.

The Peacegiver is a book about the answers to these questions. In both content and form it is unlike other books about the atonement, for it unfolds as compelling story in which the characters learn about the Atonement as they struggle over the problems in their lives — problems we each share. The book therefore allows us not only to “learn about” the Atonement but also to have an experience with it.

“My peace I give unto you,” the Savior declared. The Peacegiver explores in a deeply personal way what we must do to receive the peace he stands willing to give.

Praise for The Peacegiver:

“The rich and soul-stretching experience that comes from reading The Peacegiver has deeply blessed my life. I highly recommend this remarkable book!” — Ardeth Greene Kapp

“An invaluable, compelling book of hope and discovery — about Christ, about others, and about ourselves — unlike, I think, any other book you have ever read.” — C. Terry Warner

The Peacegiver is a profound, and profoundly helpful, exploration into how the Lord offers to free us from the clutches of every impure thought, feeling, belief, and habit. I really value this book. ” — Steve Young

The Peacegiver is a 10. Deeply moving, it is a must for anyone concerned with loving relationships, their marriage, and how Christ brings healing to the human heart and soul.” — James Michael Pratt

The Peacegiver sheds precious light upon the poignant but practical working out of the atonement in our personal lives. It has planted an indelible message upon my heart.” — Robert L. Millet

Other Readers:

“What an amazing book! I've finally been able to wrestle it away from my son, who basically stole it from me before I could begin. But I have it back now, and it's unbelievable. So powerful! I've never read such a clear and moving account of the atonement — about what it was, how it works, and what I must do to make it work for me. Thank you.”

“Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. I'm sitting here crying as I have just finished The Peacegiver, and it has hit me so hard. Actually, I just arrived home from a golf trip, and I read it on the way home. I was in the back seat of a car with three other guys and I was bawling the whole way. I had to keep looking out the window so they couldn't see me crying. They kept wondering what my problem was. I swear this book was written just for me, and I can't thank you enough.”

“I took The Peacegiver with me to the mountains, where I had planned a day hike. I stopped for lunch and began to read. I could not stop reading nor could I stop the tears. I recognized myself from the first page. I read until almost dark and had to hustle off the mountain. I have bought copies for each of my kids. I need to begin to correct more of the terrible errors — of them watching me at war with their mother — in their early years. I need to do more to love my sweet wife. I also sent notes to all my siblings who are also difficult people married to difficult people with difficult kids. I am so grateful for this work. It reads so wonderfully but I have known something of the work it takes to make it look like it flows so effortlessly. I am so grateful for the careful scholarship and attention to the spirit. Thank you so much.”

“After I read the book last week, I gave a copy of it to my mother. Yesterday she called just bawling. She had read the book once already and was halfway through it for the second time, and we just had the most amazing conversation. She has never had an understanding of the atonement like that, she said. And although the issues are too personal to share, because of the book, she has had such an amazing change of heart toward someone in her life that had done truly terrible things to her that she is feeling at peace for the first time in years. She now feels a calming peace, and a release from the bitter rancor that has poisoned her soul for years. It's just amazing. I can't tell you what a miracle this is.”

“My husband and I settled onto our couch, with a cozy blanket, The Peacegiver, and a red pencil. Now, that's the way I will encourage anyone to read it — together! What a book! The Peacegiver has opened my eyes to a new way of looking at the atonement, and sent me to the Bible to discover for myself the heretofore unknown story of Abigail. What a gift this book is! Thank you for sharing that gift so generously!”

“I bought The Peacegiver tonight, got home late and started reading it, and couldn't put it down! I've been looking for a book like this for a long time. It's the best book I've read in years. Thank you so much!”

“Wow! I am amazed at the insights this book reveals from the scriptures. I thought I was good at understanding scriptures, but this is a totally new level of understanding. What a gift! I thought I understood the atonement, but now I see that I had no idea. I can't thank you enough for this book!”

“This book just blows the doors off. Just awesome. My tear-stained face hurts from all the smiling.”

The Peacegiver presents the foundations of our existence with simplicity and clarity. It has left an indelible impression on my mind regarding the fall and its relationship with the atonement and Jesus' relationship with me. The book communicates heartfelt and staggering truths. In so many ways it spoke directly to me. I can't thank you enough.”

“I just finished The Peacegiver last night. I don't know what to say about it except WOW!”

"The only way to be happy is to live the gospel. It is not possible to sin enough to be happy."

Product Details

  • Published:  January 2004
  • Pages:  240
  • Paperback ISBN:  978-1-60908-913-9

About the Author

James L. Ferrell was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Yale Law School and is a founding partner of the Arbinger Institute. He has authored several bestselling books, including The Peacegiver, The Holy Secret, and The Hidden Christ. and Jim and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of five children.

Chapter 1

A Storm in the Soul

The night was cold, in
more ways than one. Outside, a heavy wind pounded thick raindrops against the
windows. The eaves above Rick Carson’s bed creaked, as they always did in such
windstorms, and he could hear the lawn furniture scraping slowly along the patio,
as if each chair were reaching out in a futile attempt to grab a handful of
concrete. At times it felt as though the house’s wooden frame was bending, a
movement Rick supposed he could have measured if he had either the inkling or
the instruments to do so. He felt himself leaning heavier into his bed, perhaps
in his own futile attempt to keep the house anchored to its moorings or in an
equally futile attempt to moor himself to
something solid.

Behind him lay his wife of twelve years.
They were hugging their respective edges of the queen bed, she facing the
window and Rick the wall, careful not to touch each other. It had been three
days since they had spoken a word to one another except out of necessity—nearly
as long as the rain had been pounding at their home. Rick lay awake, wondering
what he had done to deserve this. Our marriage is a sham, he thought, despite what he considered to have been his best
efforts. There is no tenderness, no understanding. He ached with despair.

Things had been so bad with Carol for so
long that Rick could barely remember the good times. There had been some. In
fact, during the early years of their marriage Rick had thought he was quite
happy, and he had believed Carol to be as well. But the increasing unhappiness
of the intervening years had called these early beliefs into question. Rick was
no longer sure how happy he or Carol had ever
been. His memories of the past and hopes for the future sagged under the weight
of a depressing present.

Despite the cloud of unhappiness he felt
enveloping his marriage, Rick had until then done his best to minimize and deny
the problems. He survived by employing a kind of inner diversionary
trick—by pushing from his mind thoughts of Carol, his marriage, and the
injustices and pains that inhabited his inner chambers and by concentrating on
other things. Everything will be okay if I can only hang on, he thought, as he did his best to put a happy face on their
relationship. Carol will come around. But Carol hadn’t "come around," and their relationship was only
deteriorating the more.

As he lay there, Rick could sense
something amiss in the patience he had been purporting to exercise. For the
longer he exercised it the more bitter and impatient he had become. He felt not
unlike the drug addicts and alcoholics who assuage themselves with the naive
lie that "this hit or drink will be the last." His marriage was in trouble, and
what frightened him most was that he wasn’t sure he cared anymore.

Over the last five or so years he had
shed many tears over the predicament he found himself in. One night, Carol had
suggested that perhaps it would be better if he moved out for awhile. "The time
apart might help us appreciate each other more," she had said. But her voice
lacked conviction and rang hollow of hope. It was a voice Rick knew, for he
heard it within himself as well.

Rick remembered that terrible night as
he now lay listening to the storm. When Carol suggested he leave, it was like
hell itself opened wide its jaws to give Rick an immediate and threatening view
of what he had wanted to keep himself from seeing. He began to shake
uncontrollably, and tears that felt like they originated in the marrow of his
bones gushed from his eyes. The tears, shudders, and cries came in torrents.
Just as one spasm of heartbreak would seem to pass and his body would start to
settle, a new wave would burst from deep within him and his wailing would begin
anew. He felt his hope for happiness, which he had clung to until that moment,
slipping away with each teardrop. All the while, Rick recalled, Carol lay next
to him, emotionless. She hadn’t reached over to comfort him.

As he lay in memory, Rick could still
feel the echo of those shudders within him. Things had calmed a bit between
himself and Carol over the past eighteen months, but the bleak essentials of
their relationship remained the same. He hadn’t left as Carol had asked
because, probably out of pity, she had withdrawn the suggestion. But her words
still hung in the air between them—"Perhaps we need to get away from
each other . . . maybe that will help

. . . "

Rick knew better. With the indifference
he was feeling within himself, he feared that he might like the time away—time away from demands, expectations,
criticisms, and the weight of Carol’s unhappiness that pressed upon and accused
him whenever they were together. Even worse, Rick was afraid Carol might like
the time away as well—a risk with implications he couldn’t bear to think
about.

The streetlight in front of their house
cast enough glow through the storm and against the wall Rick was facing to
illuminate the painting of the two of them that hung there. The artist had
captured Carol perfectly, he thought, from the straight line in which she set
her mouth, to the determination in her jaw and the icy glare of her eye. Even
the painter couldn’t deny it,
he thought to
himself, feeling all the more discouraged. Why didn’t I see it before we
married?

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Sorry, not for me

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  September 19, 2008

I don't get the big fuss about this book. It underestimates the reader instead of lifts me. Sorry.

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Makes you think!

by  Roger  -   reviewed on  September 20, 2008

This book, using a parable, helped me understand my role in allowing the Savoir to heal me. It also helped me understand forgiving others in a new way. I have read through this book so many times, and each time I catch something new to ponder and improve my thinking. A great gift too, not preachy, just insightful.

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lifechanging

by  marianne  -   reviewed on  August 08, 2005

5 stars is not enough for this book ! It teaches you that there can be no room in your heart for anger.It has profoundly affected the way I think about the atonement and given me a new appreciation for TRUE forgiveness. I am giving this book to all my friends and family for Christmas! I can't say enough good about it. you must read it for yourself.

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Great!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  June 28, 2004

A wonderful insight into the Atonement..with every publication that addresses the Atonement, we are blessed to have peeled back yet another laying to the greatest gift in Life. The insights are powerful but sometimes I found the writing to be 'messy'~hard to follow dialogue/settings at times. But I would not let this keep me from recommending the book, but would provide a commentary to that effect.

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Wonderful

by  John  -   reviewed on  May 03, 2005

A wonderful book that will help you see the atonement in a different and more personal way. I highly recommend this book as it will touch your heart and bring you closer to the Savior.

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Incredible

by  Elizabeth  -   reviewed on  November 05, 2008

It is hard for me to put into words the effect listening to this book on cd had on my life. I came away both strengthened and humbled, and would encourage every member to seek out this incredible work, whether in book or audio form.

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Inspired and inspiring

by  Elizabeth  -   reviewed on  November 13, 2008

This book is powerful. Having read it, I look at my life in a different way, with a deeper understanding of the Atonement. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Excellent book

by  Julie  -   reviewed on  November 04, 2008

This book used scripture stories applied to real life situations in very interesting and thought provoking ways. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A new look at the atonement

by  Natalie  -   reviewed on  March 01, 2004

This book was amazing. There are truly no other words to describe it. It shows how the atonement is needed in our live even when we think that we are not the ones that have sinned. By using scriptural examples the author was able to contrive a story that I felt a part of. I felt the same feelings as both Rick and Carol and it has given me a whole new view on repentance and forgiveness.

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Learn to heal and not hurt anymore!

by  Toni  -   reviewed on  February 28, 2004

What a wonderful surprise! This book does not repeat other books on the Atonement. It draws in the reader through story form and lets you experience it first-hand. A must book for ANYONE, especially those who are in a relationship and struggling with anger and/or resentment towards others from being mistreated. This book will help you understand how to take control of your relationships and heal your soul.

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The Peacegiver WILL bring peace into your life!

by  Debra  -   reviewed on  April 26, 2004

The Peacegiver did just that to me - it gave me peace. I will read this treasure over and over. I have already ordered another copy as a gift for someone and I know I will be ordering more. This work was inspired. It is hands down the best book I've ever read.

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Interesting and helpful

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 28, 2008

I like how this is written in the form of a story. It really has some good ideas about looking at ourselves first and forgiving others. I do wish it had more actual references from the words of the prophets. It seems to be full of a lot of opinion, which although it might be interesting to think about, one wonders if it is doctrinally sound?

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Want more peace? Read the book!

by  Susan  -   reviewed on  April 14, 2004

I have a very difficult relationship with my Mom. In reading The Peacegiver, I learn how to love her the way I've wanted all my life. I've bought and given ten copies to family and friends this Easter season. I've told them how it has changed me into the person I've wanted to be, a true daughter of God. Peace is just what this book gives!

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Read this book!

by  Whitney  -   reviewed on  December 02, 2007

This was an incredible read! It was really hard to put down and actually go to bed. My favorite part is that it teaches through stories. That's how I learn best.

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Soul-searching

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 29, 2008

We all need to be reminded of the necessity of introspection. This was an eye-opening journey into my soul as I resonated with the thoughts and feelings of the main character. The Atonement has come to have a new and deeper meaning for me.

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Outstanding -- pulls you in -- enlarges hope and faith.

by  Teri  -   reviewed on  February 06, 2005

This book is amazing. I found the relationship between the Atonement and the Old Testament stories of Abigail and David and of Jonah quite moving. The book as a whole helped me to better understand the Atonement, and what a blessing it is for all.

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Learn how to forgive and be forgiven

by  Robert  -   reviewed on  September 26, 2008

The Peacegiver is a great book that anyone can read, follow, and learn from. This book works for everyone, not just those who feel they need to forgive or need to be forgiven. This book takes you back into scriptures and shows great examples of people who forgave, and those you didn’t. The Peacegiver is easy reading and worth every second you spend doing it.

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You wont regret it

by  Robert  -   reviewed on  March 24, 2011

This book opens opens your eyes, and helps you learn to love with a greater understanding of the atonement.

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Healing in its message.

by  Jay  -   reviewed on  December 19, 2006

If there was a modern work written for our time and our challenges this is it. It is about so much more than marriage. It is about healing & then love. Christ not only paid the price but showed the way to unlock the healing power of the Atonement. It took Abagail & Jonah to show that fight and flight are not going to lead anywhere but to more pain. I have purchased more than 20 copies of this book. There is healing in its message.

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interesting

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  September 12, 2008

I don't know that I especially liked the format of the book, more of a story form, however it did bring to light a number of things to think about and in a different way than I had thought of before.

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Soul challenging, Spiritual healing of the most eternal importance.

by  Pamela  -   reviewed on  January 04, 2008

This is a hard book to read and twice is still not enough. The Spirit work in your life is not complete without this enlightened, healing book. Relayed to the reader are hard truths in the sense of our mortal humanity with its failings of pride, ego, arrogance and grudges. These must go to walk in the Light of Christ. An absolute must-read for a real challenge to your eternal self mired in this mortal existence.

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Comforting

by  Karen  -   reviewed on  September 11, 2008

For me, this book was a story format of 'Believing Christ'. I enjoyed it very much and felt my heart soften as I read it. It is definitely worth the time...a quick read.

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ok read...

by  Monica  -   reviewed on  October 23, 2008

The Holy Secret was a better read

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One of my favorite fiction books

by  Becky  -   reviewed on  September 15, 2008

I love this book because I learned some great lessons in an easy to read story.

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This book should be a High Priority Read

by  Richard  -   reviewed on  August 23, 2006

If you want to release yourself from carrying a 'chip on your shoulder' or free yourself from any measure of anger, this is the book for you! The wonderful information in this great book brings together more completely what the Atonement REALLY means for all of us, and so much more!

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Adds perspective and gratitude to everyday life

by  Sherwin  -   reviewed on  October 30, 2008

This book is about understanding our Savior and being grateful for all that he does. The novel style helps the book to flow well but the doctrine in it is so rich and life-changing that you will continue thinking about it's principles long after finishing the book. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to better understand their Savior and what he has done for us. Don't read it if you are not ready to re-think your life.

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the story of abigail

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 25, 2008

Wow! The story of Abigail came to life in this book. I think of her example often when I struggle to forgive.

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love it.

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 15, 2008

i was afraid that i wouldn't enjoy reading this book and that it would take me a while to "wade" through it. i loved it and had a hard time putting it down.

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Definately a must read

by  Samuel  -   reviewed on  September 26, 2008

This is a great book for everyone, especially those who are having difficulty in their relationships. It helped me look at things in a way that I had never looked before, both in my marriage and in the scriptures.

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Encouraged.

by  David  -   reviewed on  September 30, 2008

I just want to say that I have been excommunicated and had major problems in my marriage. i also got divorced. I have had very bitter feelings towards my exwife, and when my bishop asked me to read this I told him he was crazy. Well I read it, i wish I had this book before my divorce, It could have saved our marriage and more than $60,000 on attorney bills. I recommend this to anyone going through a divorce to read it before you decide to file.....

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Amazing Lesson written so you can easily read it

by  Jeremy  -   reviewed on  June 21, 2007

I picked this book up one afternoon and set it down the next morning, I couldn't stop. The real life application was wonderful, an extraordinary lesson about the atonement and forgiveness. It is written in a way that kept me glued to it.

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Amazing

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  June 22, 2009

This book is amazing! It touched my life when I needed it the most... the insight and new outlook it offers on the Atonement was life-changing. I recommend to any and all!

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Truely amazing

by  S  -   reviewed on  September 26, 2007

Wow, how can I express how much of a change this book has brought in to our lives. This is by far a subtle and effective way of likening the atonement in to our everyday mundane acts of life. We loved the Abigails, the Jonahs, the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemene. Truely amazing. A must read. Kia ora for that and keep them coming.

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Outstanding!

by  Alyson  -   reviewed on  September 22, 2008

I definitely recommend this book! It really brings a new and deeper understanding of the atonement into your life. These teachings and ideas really helped me get through a difficult time in my life.

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Something to think about..

by  Krista  -   reviewed on  November 24, 2008

Sometimes what people need is the in-your-face approach, this book opened my eyes and made me stop and think about things. I didn't take offense to the approach, I appreciated it and how it made me reevaluate my thoughts on forgiveness. Great book!

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Powerful insights into the Atonement

by  Ryan  -   reviewed on  September 11, 2008

Although I was less fond of the fictional narrative format, the insights and stories found in this book are amazing. Biblical stories such as Abigail take upon a whole new, much richer meaning. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about the Atonment.

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Read/Listen To This With Your Spouse...

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  September 28, 2008

I am honestly do not like to read books. My brother came to me one day and gave me this book. He told me to read this with my husband, and only read a chapter a day. Honestly I didn't find time to read this book, other than me and my family reading the BofM. So one day my husband went to the Book Store and purchased this book on CD. Lets just say we only listened to a chapter a day, and this seriously brought tears to our eyes, and we found each other loving more, and we also found each other apologizing to one another. I feel closer to my husband through this book on CD. I also feel so much closer to my Savior, and what he has gone through for each one of us. The atonement is the best gift that can ever be given to each one of us, and knowing that we can repent of our wrong doings. This is a must have for a husband and wife, or for anyone for that matter.

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A tough love read

by  David  -   reviewed on  September 19, 2008

'It's all your fault' is a rather difficult approach but tends to be a strong theme from Arbinger. Yet there is a need for reminding that personal responsiblity is key to growth and that no matter how much we would like it to be otherwise, we can influence others but only change ourselves. Still, the in your face approach (albeit softly) is not my favorite way to approach this topic.

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Big Help

by  Emily  -   reviewed on  October 01, 2008

My stake president had me read this book when I was getting divorced. He said I was a peacemaker. I loved this book. I was excited to see a second. I can't wait to read it.

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A new way to look at the Atonement!

by  Barbara  -   reviewed on  September 19, 2008

This is a very powerful book. I explored the Atonement in a whold different way and am grateful for the things I learned. It is also easy to read.

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Must read

by  Paulo  -   reviewed on  September 19, 2008

This is an amazing book, which I saw changing lives in my ward and stake. You have to read it to understand what I mean. Amazing.

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Eye-opening!

by  Rachel  -   reviewed on  October 20, 2008

I'll never see my relationships the same again... What a great reminder of how powerful the Atonement is!

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A Powerful Reminder of the Atonement

by  Jessica  -   reviewed on  September 20, 2008

I felt this book was a powerful, emotional, and adaptive way to be reminded of the beautiful blessing the Atonement is in our lives. I love that this book outlines how much we need the Atonement. I used to think the Atonement was meant just for people who have sinned, but I've learned that the Atonement is for every aspect of our lives, particularly to make us the kind of people we need to be to return to our Heavenly Father. I loved this book and learned a lot from reading it. I would encourage anyone to read it.

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A very good book

by  Joseph  -   reviewed on  September 22, 2008

The author shares a very well written story that I learned a lot from. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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You'll want to take notes on this one!

by  Michelle  -   reviewed on  September 22, 2008

Wow, this book is so packed full of wisdom and insights on the Atonement, it's a must-read for everyone! I highly recommend you take notes as you read it so you don't forget it's great message.

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Life Changing

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 07, 2008

This is soo incredibly written. It is so poignent and anyone can relate to the message. I gave it to all my family members last christmas.

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INSPIRATIONAL!

by  Wanda  -   reviewed on  October 13, 2008

This book really makes you think. I like the way that he took a subject and created a paradigm shift for me. Made me look at things in a different way. Excellent

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Amazing!!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 20, 2008

This book truly changed my life. My bishop recommended I read this book during a very difficult time in my life and it was just what I needed to hear. This book touched my heart and helped me turn to Christ.

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Amazing Book!

by  Travis  -   reviewed on  November 05, 2008

Made me think and make some changes in my own life. I am seriously more compassionate because of this book. Thanks Brother Ferrell.

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Forgiveness

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  November 14, 2008

This book has helped me forgive others who hurt me many years ago. I have a better appreciation for the Atonement and forgiveness.

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A Healing Experience

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  November 30, 2008

This book is wonderful. It provides an opportunity to look at things in a different way and then find the power to heal relationships.

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This book saved my family!

by  Tammy  -   reviewed on  March 25, 2009

I received this book as a gift when my marriage and my family was broken into a thousand different pieces. I had so much forgiveness and understanding to find within myself to give to those I loved the most. This book taught me how to use the atonement in a way to strengthen myself and my family, even those who caused me the pain.It taught me how to give true forgiveness. It taught me how to truly give my pain to the savior. It taught me how to have peace and hope, so I could begin to heal. If you are hurting from your own poor choices or someone else's poor choices. I know that this book will be a great strength to you! I loved it and refer back to it often for strength! Grab the tissue box first!

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Powerful

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  April 06, 2010

The Peacegiver by James Ferrell is a book that has the power to heal the many forms of a broken heart. The story is about a man named Rick in desperate need to save his marriage. He and his wife Carol lost sight of the love they once had and seem to be holding on to mere treads of their marriage for the sake of their children. Rick is then visited by his deceased Grandpa in his dreams. Together they journey through stories in the scriptures to help Rick see the sacrifice of the Savior in a different light. It is in his discovery that he learns how to let go of his hurt feelings, grudge, and turns to the Savior as the “peacegiver”. If you are looking for a good story in the sense of a great story line I would probably tell you to keep looking. The story line of the book is lacking in many cases because we only see quick glimpses of Rick’s life. While never really seeing how things play out step by step except for a quick epilogue at the end. However if you are looking for a greater personal insight in how to apply the atonement in your life this book will fulfill that. For anyone who is Christian, this book will make you realize that our grudges and hurt feelings are truly hurting us and increase your desire to dig deeper and change. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for peace in his or her life. You will learn how to overcome hurt feelings as you learn deeper insights about the Savior’s atonement. It opened my heart to many realizations of the atonement that I hadn’t thought of before. This book has brought me to reflect on my own life and started a change towards greater peace.

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Awesome book

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  August 04, 2012

I thought this book was incredible and it spoke to me. I loved the parables and examples that were given and it made me see the atonement in a different light. My favorite parable was the one with the story of David and Abigail.

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Favorite all-time book

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  October 26, 2010

This is the best book I have ever read. My life has been completely changed by the understanding of the atonement that I have gained from this book. I read it at least twice per year. Just an amazingly beautiful and powerful book that keeps giving more each time you read it.

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Great read!

by  Michael  -   reviewed on  November 10, 2010

The Peacegiver, by James L. Ferrell, provides magnificent insight to the atonement and how it applies to our lives. It is told in a parable about a man named Rick who is going through a difficult time with his wife Carol and gives readers the chance to better understand the atonement of Jesus Christ through Rick’s experiences. Throughout the course of this brilliant book, the reader can learn in plain English what it means to sin, to forgive and be forgiven, and how the atonement truly affects our lives and the people around us. The story begins when Rick receives a visit from a friend who shows him what the atonement really means. Ferrell leads the reader through Biblical stories such as the march of David to Carmel, Jonah and the whale, and Jesus’ suffering in Gethsemane. Through these scriptural experiences, Rick is taught what sin truly is and how to forgive those who have hurt him most. The Peacegiver takes the reader on an incredible journey of self discovery as they learn “The predicament of sin… is much bigger than the fact that we commit individual sinful acts. It is by so doing that we corrupt our hearts and become sinful ourselves.” Through reading of Rick’s battle of trials and weaknesses we are able to evaluate our own souls. In order to get the most out of this book one should have the Bible near. Ferrell gives scriptural references throughout the book that can give greater insight into sometimes difficult concepts. If you do not enjoy reading about someone’s problems I do not recommend this book. However, I feel that the reality of the problems is a large part of what makes this a good book. It is real. Overall this book is a life changing read. After reading it I find myself seeing the way I act and treat others with a different light. Gospel concepts that were confusing to me are now more clear and easier to teach to others around me. I would recommend this book to anyone passing through a tough time in any kind or relationship whether it is friendship, dating, family, or marriage. Everyone can apply the lessons learned from this book into their lives.

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I loved reading this book! It clearly explains repentance and the meaning of the Atonement.

by  Michael  -   reviewed on  November 10, 2010

The Peacegiver, by James L. Ferrell, provides magnificent insight to the atonement and how it applies to our lives. It is told in a parable about a man named Rick who is going through a difficult time with his wife Carol and gives readers the chance to better understand the atonement of Jesus Christ through Rick’s experiences. Throughout the course of this brilliant book, the reader can learn in plain English what it means to sin, to forgive and be forgiven, and how the atonement truly affects our lives and the people around us. The story begins when Rick receives a visit from a friend who shows him what the atonement really means. Ferrell leads the reader through Biblical stories such as the march of David to Carmel, Jonah and the whale, and Jesus’ suffering in Gethsemane. Through these scriptural experiences, Rick is taught what sin truly is and how to forgive those who have hurt him most. The Peacegiver takes the reader on an incredible journey of self discovery as they learn “The predicament of sin… is much bigger than the fact that we commit individual sinful acts. It is by so doing that we corrupt our hearts and become sinful ourselves.” Through reading of Rick’s battle of trials and weaknesses we are able to evaluate our own souls. In order to get the most out of this book one should have the Bible near. Ferrell gives scriptural references throughout the book that can give greater insight into sometimes difficult concepts. If you do not enjoy reading about someone’s problems I do not recommend this book. However, I feel that the reality of the problems is a large part of what makes this a good book. It is real. Overall this book is a life changing read. After reading it I find myself seeing the way I act and treat others with a different light. Gospel concepts that were confusing to me are now more clear and easier to teach to others around me. I would recommend this book to anyone passing through a tough time in any kind or relationship whether it is friendship, dating, family, or marriage. Everyone can apply the lessons learned from this book into their lives.

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Essential read

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  February 08, 2011

This is a great read. Loved the format for the story. It contains timeless principles that will bless you in your relationships in light of the Gospel.

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Compelling!

by  Justine  -   reviewed on  July 12, 2011

As I completed the novel, The Peacegiver by John Ferrell, I noticed I wanted to make complete changes to my lifestyle. I know I found comfort in this story because I could thoroughly relate to it. In this book, we walk through the story of a young man who is recently married. He talks about his ups and downs of married life and feels he is alone in the world. How often do we feel that way? The character wants to place well-deserved blame on his wife for all of his problems. Nevertheless, we learn through his grandpa that we have the choice on whether or not we are offended in any given situation. As we walk through his experience, the Atonement plays a significant role in forgiveness and charity. We, like the Savior, need to have enduring grace and peace “giving.” Ferrell expounds on how we can implement the Atonement and grace in each of our lives while telling a thought-provoking story of the life of this great man. When the main character went through all of his pain, you want to blame others for all of the difficult things that happened to him where he had no fault in acquiring. As he grows, I felt as if I grew to love all of those around me. I strive harder each day to become more charitable and loving even those that bring opposition and strife. I am going to make it a goal in my marriage as well as my single life to re-read this once a year on account of the continuing powerful affect that has taken over my heart. I recommend this book to anyone but most importantly those who are struggling with divorce debates, arguments, and even coming to know and recognize that there is a light of Christ in each person we come into contact with. For that is the goal in this life, to love as He loved, learn as He learned, and serve as He served. This novel changed my life forever.

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Great book for sure!

by  Katelyn  -   reviewed on  July 07, 2013

This book was definitely worth my time to read. It’s a short read, but contains a wealth of interesting insight and helpful advice for anyone’s life. It is enjoyable to read because it is formatted as a story, not just a book full of information. The story is of a husband and wife, Rick and Carol, who are just an ordinary couple with four children. In the beginning of the book, it explains how Rick and Carol experienced so much happiness earlier in their marriage, but years later have grown to feel unloving and unkind feelings toward each other. Throughout the story, Rick learns lessons from the Bible and Book of Mormon which help him to understand how to love Carol again and save their marriage. This requires strength and help beyond his own which he learns to find. This is a beautiful story of how one can experience a change of heart through the infinite power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and learn how to replace anger, pride, and hate with love and humility and forgiveness. Although this is the story of a married couple and how they come to love each other again, it can apply to anyone in any situation. Forgiveness and love is something that all need to learn a little more of. I loved this book and I plan to use the information in it to better myself and learn, just as Rick did, to love everyone so much more, even those whom I don’t think it possible. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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